CCSU Faculty

Leah S. Glaser
Associate Professor of History

Department of History
Social Sciences Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Phone: (860) 832-2825
Fax: (860) 832-2804

Areas of Specialization: Public History, 20th c. U.S., American West

Leah S. Glaser received her B.A. in history from Tufts University in 1992. She received her M.A. in public history and Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University in 1996 and 2002 respectively. Prior to her arrival at CCSU in Fall 2006, she taught at Quinnipiac University, Arizona State University, and in the Maricopa County Community Colleges. Her public history experience includes work with the New Haven Preservation Trust, Virginia Center for Digital History, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, and the National Park Service.

Her teaching interests include public history, historic preservation, and the American West. Her current research interests include reconciling the rural-industrial landscape and the influence of northeast industry and industrialization on western expansion. In 2012, she received both the University-wide and CSU-wide Norton Mezvinsky Research Awards.

Selected publications:

  • Electrifying the Rural American West; Stories of Power, People, and Place. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.
  • “'A Paragon of Paradoxes:' Native American Power and the Electrification of Arizona’s Reservations,” in Energy and Indians: Exploitation and Opportunity in the American Southwest, eds. Sherry L. Smith and Brian Frehner. Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press, forthcoming.
  • “An Industrial Place in a Rural Space: The Administrative History of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site,“ Philadelphia. PA: Northeast Regional Office/ National Park Service/ Bloomington, IN: Organization of American Historians, August 2005.
  • “Nice Towers, eh?: Evaluating a Transmission Line in Arizona.” CRM: Cultural Resource Management 20 (17), U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (1997), pgs. 23-24.
  • “Working for Community: The Yaqui Indians at the Salt River Project.” Journal of Arizona History 37, no. 4 (1996): 337-356.